Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Amazon Digital Day will offer deals on books, movies, apps, and more on December 28

Lots of people receive new devices for the holidays, and Amazon today announced a new sale that’ll help those people fill their new device with content.

Amazon’s Digital Day sale is happening on December 28. You’ll actually be able to start getting deals as soon as December 26, but Amazon teases that the biggest discounts will be available at 12:00 am ET on December 28.

There will be thousands of deals available on digital goods, including games, digital magazines, Kindle books, graphic novels, movies, in-app purchases, and more during Digital Day:

  • Save up to 75% off Kindle best-selling books, including titles such as Manhattan Beach, In the Midst of Winter, My Squirrel Days, Summer I Turned Pretty, Indianapolis, and Great At Work
  • Save up to 80% off best-selling Marvel graphic novels like Jessica Jones: Blind Spot, Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy, You Are Deadpool, and X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Save up to 60% off digital magazines such as Vanity Fair, People, Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, Wired, Shape, and Men’s Journal
  • Get 25% extra gold bars on all Candy Crush Friends Saga December Deals
  • Get 35% off the Clash of Clan’s in-game Digital Clash Pack with 6x value on Gold, Elixir, Book of Everything, and Builder Potions
  • Save 25% off select Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Lapis Bundles
  • Save on hundreds of movies like Incredibles 2, Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Infinity War on Prime Video
  • Prime members save up to 65% off movies like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Red Sparrow, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Tomb Raider, and Book Club on Prime Video
  • Save up to 66% off PBS Kids apps for Daniel Tiger, Dinosaur Train, Peg + Cat, and more
  • Save 30% off language programs from Rosetta Stone and Babbel
  • Save 50% or more off of software from H&R Block, Norton Security, and Quicken Personal Finance
  • Save 20% on TurboTax 2018 and get a free $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • Save 33% on the Audible Romance Package for the first 3 months
  • Save $50 on Fire HD 10 tablet and receive 3 months free trial to Audible
  • Audible members can buy one, get one free on a selection of hundreds of Audible books
  • Get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for $0.99. Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, popular magazines and thousands of books with Audible narration. Offer valid for new subscribers only
  • Get 3 months free of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for $2.99. Offer valid for new subscribers only
  • Start a new paid subscription to AMC Premiere, CBS All Access, ESPN+, or Showtime and get $10 Amazon credit
  • Start a new paid subscription to ABCmouse and get $10 Amazon credit

Devices like tablets and Kindles are popular gifts for the holiday season, and with these Digital Day offers, anyone who scores a new device this month will have the chance to fill it up with content at a discount. Stay tuned later this month when Amazon’s Digital Day sales go live.

source: androidandme
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Lenovo announces Z5 Pro GT, last year’s model refreshed with a Snapdragon 855 processor

Lenovo had an event in China today where the company announced the budget Z5s, a device that was previously leaked with a hole punch in the display. Unfortunately, the device ended up featuring a teardrop-style notch.

However, the attention was stolen by the newly announced Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. The device is just an updated Z5 Pro, which featured a 95% screen-to-body ratio thanks to the camera system hidden under a slider. This new Z5 Pro GT features the new Snapdragon 855 processor and a choice of 4GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB of RAM and storage. The rest of the specs stay the same, such as the 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 16MP + 24MP cameras, and 3,350mAh battery.

This is the first officially announced device featuring the Snapdragon 855 processor, despite being a mid-range device. Prices for the various models range from RMB 2,698 to RMB 4,398, or US $391 to $638. The device goes up for pre-order on January 15th in China and will ship by the 24th, but it doesn’t look like we’ll get it in the States.


The Z5s is quite a bit less impressive, with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 710 processor, 4 or 6GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, triple 16MP + 8MP + 5MP cameras with an optical zoom lens (in an arrangement taken straight from the P20 Pro), a 3,300mAh battery, and a base price of only $203. It also features water resistance and a headphone jack. Pre-orders are up right now so if you’re in China, hit the source links!

Via: Engadget China
Source: Lenovo (Z5 Pro GT), Lenovo (Z5s)

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Twitter is bringing back the reverse-chronological feed

It’s been two years since Twitter introduced the algorithmic feed which would show Twitter users the “top tweets” before mangling the rest of your feed’s content. That change didn’t go over well at the time, but Twitter stuck to its guns and we’ve had to live with it ever since. But! Times are changing (finally) and Twitter has just confirmed that it will be rolling out an important toggle so users can switch between the ranked tweets and a return to the reverse-chronological feed. The new option is rolling out today for the iOS app and it’s “coming soon” to Android users.

You will see a new star icon at the top right of your screen when the feature arrives for you. Tapping it will bring up a panel that will allow you to choose how you see your tweets. “Go back home” will show you the “top tweets” first in your feed, so those ranked items that you’ve grown accustomed to over the last three years (if you use the stock app). “See the latest tweets” will get you back to the relaunched reverse-chronological order.

The best news is that the more you use the app and the more you use the reverse-chronological order, the app will learn what you prefer and just default to that option eventually. That means you won’t have to constantly switch, which is good news.

Better late than never, right?

source: androidandme
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AT&T will launch its 5G mobile hotspot on December 21

We have known for quite some time that AT&T‘s first mobile 5G-ready device wouldn’t be a smartphone, but rather a puck-sized mobile hotspot from Netgear. And now we know when it’s launching.

AT&T on Tuesday officially announced that it will make the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot available on Friday, December 21, in a limited capacity. AT&T is proud to announce that the device will mark the big blue wireless carrier’s first mobile 5G-ready device for consumers and business customers. And yes, this means that AT&T will be able to yell out, “First!” when it comes to launching a mobile 5G product, along with its own mobile 5G network, for customers to actually access.

The launch is very limited to start. AT&T today turned on mobile 5G, based on the mmWave spectrum, in 12 markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco. However, it’s worth noting here that mobile 5G (or what AT&T is calling its “5G+” network) is turned on in some parts of these cities. It’s not widely available even in these launch markets.

Looking forward, AT&T says that it will expand to seven additional cities in the first half of 2019: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. Again, AT&T’s 5G+ network will only be live in parts of these cities, so not quite a widespread release.

As for the aforementioned Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot, AT&T says select business customers and consumers will be able to pick up the company’s first mobile 5G device and access 5G networks speeds free for 90 days. The widespread launch for the general consumer happens next spring, and the mobile hotspot will cost $499. You will then have to pay $70 per month for 15GB of data for those 5G speeds.

Or you could go with AT&T’s first 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first part of 2019. And if that doesn’t sound like a plan, how about an even better 5G smartphone from Samsung coming in the second part of next year?

Are you excited about the rollout of 5G?

source: androidandme
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Fitbit OS 3.0 update adds apps and improved dashboard

Fitbit OS 3.0 is here and it’s bringing a whole host of improvements and plenty of new apps. First up is a new dashboard for the Fitbit Ionic (+ Ionic: adidas edition) and Fitbit Versa that will allow you to see more information at a glance. This data includes sleep info, water logs, weight tracking, and expanded exercise stats. You can also quickly log your weight or water intake right from your smartwatch.

The update is also bringing in 10 new apps including Couch to 5K, MySwimPro, achu health, and more. Plus, other new apps like MINDBODY and TRX are joining the selection in the near future. And the app selection should only keep improving as Fitbit has released a API developer tools that will enable complex applications to be built more efficiently. Fitbit is particularly touting that Female Health Tracking trends will be arriving in 2019, which will allow tracking of menstrual cycles and associated symptoms.

Which of Fitbit’s new features are you most excited about?

source: androidandme
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HTC launches budget Desire 12s smartphone

Believe it or not, HTC is still kicking and just released a new smartphone. That being said, it’s not anything to write home about. The HTC Desire 12s is a budget device being launched in Taiwan. Its specs are modest, including the Snapdragon 435 processor, which is now three years old. The Desire 12s also features a 5.4-inch 1440×720 display, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, and a 3075mAh battery.

htc desire 12s

On the rear of the Desire 12s lies a 13-megapixel camera that does feature an f/2.0 aperture and speedy phase detection autofocus. The front camera is a rather unexciting 13-megapixel shooter. HTC has outfitted the Desire 12s with dual SIM card slots and both feature support for VoLTE.

Unfortunately, the Desire 12s is launching with Android 8.1 Oreo and HTC hasn’t said anything about an update to Pie.

The HTC Desire 12s is priced at NT $5990 ($195 USD) for the lower-end variant and NT $6990 ($227 USD) for the top-end model.

What are your thoughts on HTC’s latest device? Are you surprised that the company is still around?

source: androidandme
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Marshall finally releases speaker duo with Google Assistant

Marshall is known for its guitar amps and pricey retro-style speakers (and they look pretty sweet). A few months ago the company announced a duo of  Bluetooth speakers called the Stanmore II Voice and Action II Voice with Amazon Alexa baked in, with a Google Assistant version to come.

Now Marshall has made good on its word with the Assistant versions of the two speakers out now. Both feature Google Assistant support, not just with a mic, but a proper far field mic array. They also have built-in Chromecasts and are capable of multi-room casting.

Otherwise they’re the standard speakers you knew before they got virtual assistant capabilities. You get the retro look, beautiful volume, bass, and treble knobs, and price tags of $399 and $299 for the Stanmore II Voice and Action II Voice respectively. If you want to fill your house with some Google Assistant goodness but want something a little fancier than a Google Home, this could be the way to go!

Via: Droid-Life
Source: Marshall Stanmore II Voice, Marshall Action II Voice

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